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Bradford Garden Centre bakers’ festive treat for charity race

A Bradford Garden Centre donated 600 mince pies to runners participating in a recent charity running race.

Tong Garden Centre’s head baker, Lee Parnham and his team of three crafted the pies for the second sellout Bah Humbug 10k race on 8th December.

Mr. Parnham, a keen runner and member of the South Leeds Lakers, said: “Ours is a free to join club and the race is a fundraiser to help fund coaching at the club. The money raised from last year’s event helped to set up a Junior Lakers Club, which currently has over 50 members.

“Supporting our community and encouraging people to spend time outdoors is important to the team at Tong, so we’re delighted to help by donating these festive treats.”

Phil Hodgson, a member of the South Leeds Lakers and a trustee with the Hunslet Rugby Foundation said:” Last year’s run was a sell-out of 450 people and this year we’ve added another 100 spaces and it still sold out a month before race day, showing that it’s going from strength to strength each year and really helping to bring the South Leeds communities together.”

The race, a hilly, multi-terrain 10k route that went through Middleton Woods, started from the South Leeds Stadium. The race was won by Jonathon Harding from South Leeds Lakers in a time of 39:13.

The Bah Humbug 10k is organised by a number of groups including the South Leeds Lakers Running Club, Hunslet Rugby Foundation, Morley Running Club and the South Leeds Sisters Running Club. All proceeds from the race are equally distributed between those clubs.

Tong Garden Centre occupies a 14 acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 700 cars.

South Leeds Lakers is a free, friendly, social running club for runners of all abilities over the age of 14. The club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and has 29 fully qualified run leaders and a mental health ambassador.